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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,768

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Get rid of the music

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-15

This was a riveting story, well told, well read, and excellently written. Intermittent music was completely unnecessary and distracting at times. Otherwise this is a great book about a father's love.

  • The Importance of Being Seven

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond touching

  • By Benedict on 08-31-12

Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again as usual. If you enjoy everyday storytelling, you will probably enjoy these tales.

  • One Dog Night

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait is over!

  • By Jean-Paul on 08-20-11

Thank you David Rosenfelt

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

What made the experience of listening to One Dog Night the most enjoyable?

The reader is very talented in carrying David's words through to the exciting conclusion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

While Andy Carpenter doesn't want to work, he tackles each case with gusto. He has a wonderful sense of humor which lightens the otherwise heady concept of taking on a what appears to be a hopeless case.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

See above.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dog loving, work hating lawyer; Andy Carpenter won't let an innocent man pay for another man's sins.

  • The Black Count

  • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
  • By: Tom Reiss
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth more unbelivable than fiction

  • By Jean on 01-27-13

Excellent historical perspective

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

If you could sum up The Black Count in three words, what would they be?

History made palpable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Count?

The most poignantly memorable story in the book was of the Alex Dumas statue in Paris being paid for by Sarah Bernhardt and another individual (whose name escapes me) to honor the memory Alex Dumas. It almost mirrored the sad history of the man himself. The statue was built, but was not officially opened and was ultimately destroyed by Nazi despots during WWII.

Which scene was your favorite?

Alex Dumas holding off the Austrians at the pass.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It doesn't need a tagline, as the title is perfect!

Any additional comments?

I don't know what possessed Tom Reiss to research this book so carefully and write it, but I thank him for doing so. If I taught history, I would use this book in my class!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,376

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Not what I expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-12

Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance of this book was excellent. However, the repetitive prose made the story bog down at times. Reading dated work is not something I normally do, so I'm not used to it.

Would you recommend Dracula [Audible Edition] to your friends? Why or why not?

This edition is so well performed. I suggest that anyone who has never read Dracula listen to this edition. You will then know how the Dracula craze began. There is so much detail missing in this book, it has leant itself to other authors to add those missing details and bring a fuller picture to life in story.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Since the narrators are professional performers and the work is directed, the proper emphasis is place on words in sentences to best make the meaning apparent, I sometimes must read a sentence a few times to get the meaning if the book is written in unfamiliar prose.

Who was the most memorable character of Dracula [Audible Edition] and why?

Mina was the most memorable character. She was brave, persistent, caring, and interesting,